Firefighters feel the burn for marathon

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Two Liversedge firefighters are gearing up for the challenge of the London Marathon.

Holly Stuart, who is based at West Yorkshire’s control room in Birkenshaw, and watch commander Darrell Hird have chosen to run in aid of causes close to their hearts.

Holly, 22, is raising money for the Firefighters Charity and Darrell, 48, will support children with blindness and sight problems by running for the Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society.

They will hit the streets of the capital this weekend with the full support of fire crews. Both are aiming to complete the course for the second time, with Holly hoping to raise £750 and Darrell targeting a finishing time of below three hours and 15 minutes.

Holly said: “My aim this year is to run, or jog, all the way. It is my second time doing the London Marathon, having completed it three years ago. I really struggled last time due to lack of training but this time I have taken it far more seriously and my aim is to pass the finish line in under five hours.”

Holly has arranged for Cleckheaton firefighters and their appliance to meet families at a fundraising event at the New Inn, East Bierley on May 2, with a live band, stalls and games from 2pm onwards.

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